Police report: Goose hunting where allowed, stealing jewelry from storage, crashing due to inattention
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
At 2:58 a.m. Oct. 28, firefighters responded for a structure fire in the 2800 block of Castleford Drive. A woman was outside, stating her first level was engulfed in flames, which were coming through the second level. Neighboring residents of the four-plex were evacuated to a nearby residence while Woodbury Public Safety put out the fire. The woman has a gas fireplace that was set to start up once the home reached a certain temperature. She had a blanket on a saddle near the fireplace, and she believed the fireplace lit the blanket on fire. Officers kicked in the door to clear the residence.
A complainant from River Falls, Wis., reported her laptop and a wooden jewelry box went missing from Woodbury sometime in October. Police were called for a third-degree burglary at 5:26 p.m. Oct. 29. The lock on her Public Storage unit had been cut and replaced with a new lock, which the complainant pried open. The estimated value of the jewelry was undetermined, but she has the serial number of the laptop.
At 6:53 p.m. Oct. 29, a Hudson, Wis., woman received a citation for text messaging while driving.
At 11 a.m. Oct. 30, police checked Interstate 494 for a possible vehicle fire after a report of a smoking school bus. No kids were on board. The bus was gone upon police arrival.
A three-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Bailey Road and Woodbury Drive at 6:47 p.m. Oct. 30, causing multiple injuries. A 17-year-old driver was cited for inattentive driving after rear ending a Ford Fusion with his Hyundai Santa Fe and causing a pile-up. Two of the cars were towed. A Lexus drove away from the accident with rear bumper damage, but its driver suffered a head injury and refused ambulance service.
An ambulance transported a Red Roof Inn patron to Regions Hospital in St. Paul after a fall on steps between the motel and Cowboy Jack’s. The call came at 12:20 a.m. Oct 31. The complainant did not go out and check on the victim.
Lots of cars were parked on the street near the intersection of Oak Ridge Trail and Savanna Oaks Lane, a caller told police at 12:24 a.m. Oct. 31. Police checked the area for a large party that might cause issues, but instead observed three cars in the street and located no festivities.
A Woodbury juvenile and his parent received a call from a police officer at 1:19 a.m. Oct. 31 after the officer, on routine patrol, noticed a suspicious vehicle. The parent’s unoccupied vehicle had been parked in the dark on a gravel road, with toilet paper in the back seat. Police watched for vandalism before calling the owner of the vehicle, who put the police in touch with the subject. The juvenile was asked to move the suspicious car.
Police responded to a residence along Grand Oaks Trail at 2:35 a.m. Oct. 31 for a concern about a voicemail message from the complainant’s estranged family member. The resident felt threatened by a reference to Hells Angels on the voicemail, and police advised her to call back if any suspicious people or vehicles arrive at her residence.
At 3:54 a.m. Oct. 31, police heard yelling in the background of a 911 call. The complainant, who lives near the intersection of Ridge and Oak Knoll drives, found people in his car. The three males had attended a party at the complainant’s residence and were waiting for ride. A verbal altercation ensued, and the men left on foot. They were located at a Maplewood gas station, where one of them caused another disturbance of the peace. Maplewood expected charges in the case.
A blonde boy stopped rummaging through a car in a garage after a neighbor yelled at him. Police checked the 7800 block of Highpointe Road at 2:35 p.m. Oct. 31, but the suspect had fled on foot and was gone upon officer arrival.
At 7:35 p.m. Oct. 31, a trick-or-treater heard a 60-year-old woman calling for help in the doorway of her home. She was not recognizing her home, so emergency medical technicians transported her to United Hospital in St. Paul.
Three boys were playing ding-dong ditch at 9:26 p.m. Oct. 31, hiding in trees and then riding away on bicycles along Jordan Drive. A complainant called police due to his concern about a past break-in during which guns had been stolen.
On Halloween, at the end of Brookview Road, with its running lights on, too far away to get a description, sat a suspicious vehicle. At 9:58 p.m., a resident decided to call 911. Police located the vehicle, a Regions EMS ambulance. The driver was speaking on the phone.
An Inver Grove Heights woman got a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for failure to signal at 8:23 a.m. Nov. 1. The driver rolled down her window 2 inches and emitted a smell of marijuana. A one-hitter in a prescription bottle was the only drug found by police.
At 1 p.m. Nov. 1, several boys were reportedly smoking marijuana in front of smaller kids near the skate park at Ojibway Park and did not stop when confronted. A Woodbury woman left the area with her kids and called police, who located the suspects. “She seemed concerned,” the initial complaint report said, “and stated that she would address the situation. Comp was advised of results: No known crime occurred. Unknown suspect. Nothing further.”
Firefighters put out a dumpster fire at 3:27 p.m. Nov. 1 on an empty lot in the 11200 block of Bushel Curve.
At 4:26 p.m. Nov. 1, police responded to property along Manning Avenue and Bailey Road for a complaint about goose hunting near a residential area. A resident of Grant produced a city permit for hunting on the land. He and three other hunters seemed aware of the dangers of shooting with houses in close proximity, and decoys were set up so that the hunting party was not shooting in the direction of the nearby houses. The complainant was advised that hunting in that specific area of Woodbury is allowed with a permit.
A 911 caller reported two men smoking marijuana in the parking lot of LifeTime Fitness at 9:44 p.m. Nov. 2. The vehicle was unoccupied and didn’t smell like drugs when officers approached.
At 11:20 p.m. Nov. 2, near the intersection of Lake Road and Jordan Drive, a patrol car drove by a vehicle fire. Upon hearing a bang, the squad immediately stopped and responded to the excessively smoking car. No flames were seen, but multiple calls reported the black smoke. The vehicle cooled down after firefighters opened the hood.